Raised by Swans is the musical alias of Canadian solo artist Eric Howden. A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Howden has independently written, recorded and released three full-length albums as Raised By Swans thus far; Codes and Secret Longing (2005), No Ghostless Place (2010), and his latest, Öxnadalur (2014), named for the valley in Iceland where he began writing its songs during the winter of 2011. He is currently preparing to record his fourth album, with a tentative release date of fall 2017.
Songs from Raised By Swans’ albums have not only drawn admiring words from media (reviews by Exclaim! and Rhombus magazines described No Ghostless Place as “13 moments of aural splendour…transcendent and angelic” and “starkly beautiful”) but have made fans of some influential and well-respected filmmakers. Academy Award and Palm d’Or nominated director Atom Egoyan included three songs from Codes and Secret Longing in his film, Adoration (2009) and two songs from No Ghostless Place in the erotic thriller Chloe (2010). A full band version of Raised By Swans also appears as itself in a scene in Chloe, which stars Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson.
“Violet Light” from Codes and Secret Longing is featured in novelist Douglas Coupland’s film Everything’s Gone Green (2007), voted Canadian Feature Film of the Year at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The song was included on the soundtrack album for the film (Lakeshore Records) alongside such artists as Final Fantasy, The Golden Dogs, The Fembots, and Sloan.
Raised By Swans toured eastern Europe solo at the end of 2015, with performances throughout Germany, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Croatia. He is returning to Russia and Germany in October 2016 for two shows (Moscow and Bamberg respectively), and has plans for a full European tour in early 2017, with UK-based band Midas Fall.
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